Jayson Maurice Porter

Jayson Maurice Porter is an environmental historian of Mexico and the Americas focusing on agrochemicals, rural food deserts, and Black ecologies. He is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up between Tucson, Arizona and Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College where he studied philosophy, history, and environmental sciences. Before moving to Chicago, Jayson was a graduate assistant editor of the Journal of the Early Republic and a public arts educator for several museums, Stop Hunger Now, and COCOON public space sculpture in Jackson, Mississippi and Paris, France. Jayson is now a PhD candidate of history at Northwestern University, where he is writing an environmental history of agrochemicals for and made from the cultivation of oilseeds—sesame, cotton, coconuts, opium, and marijuana—which connects accounts of ecological violence, food insecurity, and environmental justice in Guerrero and Sinaloa, 1920-1980. As a COMEXUS Fulbright Scholar (2019-2020), he was a visiting scholar for the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas affiliated with the Derechos Humanos de la Ciudad de México. Jayson is an environmentalist specialist and fellow at Noria Mexico and Central America, where he edits a series called “Violence Takes Place: Land, Markets, and Power in Rural Mexico.” He has written in other media platforms, such as OkayAfrica, Age of Revolutions, Ecos, and Discurso, and is an Editorial Board member of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). Lastly, Jayson co-authored Black Perspectives’s first Spanish language article in the 2020 “Black Ecologies” series, and he is excited to bring that energy all of 2021. Follow him on Twitter @RogueChieftan.